Photos: Inside Phillip Phillips' Gorgeous Southern Wedding
THE RIGHT ANSWERS
"I feel like when I met Phillip he was the answer to so many questions that I had," the bride tells PEOPLE of her longtime love, whom she married on Oct. 24. "He just makes everything make sense for me and he's a calming presence, I just feel so safe and comfortable with him."
FIT FOR A PRINCESS
Blackwell tells PEOPLE choosing her Hayley Paige wedding gown was an eleventh-hour decision: "I thought I was picking another dress and I went and tried this one last-minute with just my mom and my dad and when I turned around and looked at my dad, I knew this was the dress. I had in my head what I wanted and I got the exact opposite, so everything that I said, 'I don't want this,' is what I have. But I love it."
SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS
"They're all actually wearing different dresses, because one is pregnant and one just had a baby, so I said everybody do what you want to do," Blackwell says about her bridesmaids' attire. "They can all have their own personality." Phillips adds that his eight groomsmen "are guys that I've known since I was a kid. They're just really close friends and really dear to me."
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
"He's already told me he's going to be a mess," Blackwell said before the ceremony about her father walking her down the aisle. "I'm an only child, so [I'm his] baby girl."
The wedding took place at Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia. "There's no theme," says Blackwell. "We're just simple people, but we both love the landscape down here in the south and so we wanted it to be in the south and the fall."
MAN AND WIFE
The pair wrote their own personalized vows. "I think I wrote them right when I got engaged," jokes Blackwell.
THE PERFECT MATCH
"We're weird!" Phillips says about their personality as a couple. "We have our own little language that we talk to one another."
"What I love most about her is she's my best friend and I can tell her anything. I just love her. Even when we get into an argument or a little fight or something we always can resolve it pretty quickly," says Phillips.
TIMED JUST RIGHT
The romantic couple aimed for a sunset ceremony.
CELEBRATING IN STYLE
"It's a little fancy, but not too fancy," says the bride. "All the flowers are really natural flowers, like really light pink or ivory, [and we wanted] just really simple food. The food was Phillip's project!" The groom promised "a lot of Southern – probably not healthy – but delicious food."
Phillips penned the song for the couple's first dance with a friend. "He's just an incredible guy and his voice is awesome. I'm really excited. I might make her cry," Phillips said before the big day.
THE FIRST DANCE
Though the groom also admitted that he's often the one reaching for tissues. "I might be crying while I'm dancing with you," he warned his bride.
From tears to cheers, the happy groom couldn't contain his excitement on the dance floor.
Around 250 guests came to share in the couple's unforgettable day, and sent them off on their honeymoon (to Turks amp Caicos!) by candlelight.